Staging Tips August 1, 2023

Fast and Cheap DIY Bay Window Curtains – Home Staging Tip to Increase your Home’s Value

Today, I’m sharing a quick and budget-friendly DIY tip for anyone looking to increase their home value through staging, especially if you’re in the Denver Metro area. If you’re considering selling your home, you know that first impressions matter. So, let’s talk about the impact of curtains on your staging game.

Before we dive into the details, let me emphasize the importance of curtains in staging! I recently helped a Seller sell their home that got an offer quickly for much more than they expected to sell it for thanks to professional staging. However, I noticed that curtains are often overlooked by professional stagers! In this large, nearly 5,000 square foot house, curtains made a massive difference, especially in areas like bay windows.

Why Curtains Matter: Bay windows are beautiful, but without curtains, they might feel a bit bare. Curtains not only add a touch of elegance but also draw attention to the window, making the space feel cozier. In this master suite, the south-facing bay windows were begging for some attention.

Now, you might be thinking, “Curtains are expensive, especially for bay windows.” Fear not! I’ve got a budget-friendly solution that won’t break the bank.

Affordable DIY Bay Window Curtains: First things first, head over to Amazon. You can find a bay window curtain set for as low as $25. For those in a time crunch, Ikea is your friend. I recently covered an entire bay window for just $60 using Ikea curtains.

When choosing curtain length, go for 96-inch curtains for standard eight-foot ceilings. I found these at Ross, TJ Maxx, and of course, Amazon. If you can’t find the exact size, it’s okay to go taller and hem them later.

Now, let’s break down the cost. I spent about $42 on four panels of curtains and $6 on a larger diameter curtain rod from Ikea. Remember, investing a bit more in a larger rod makes a significant difference in appearance. For the brackets, I used six at $1 each. Always opt for grommet curtains – they help hide the brackets seamlessly.

Pro tip: Even if your curtain rods and brackets are mismatched, you can make it work. I mixed black brackets with silver rods, and it turned out great. Remember, it’s about the impact, not perfection.

Installation Tips: When hanging curtains, open them up and hang them from the very top. This ensures they drape nicely without the need for hemming. Hang them closer to the ceiling, not right above the window, for an elongated and polished look.

To make installation smoother, create a template using the cardboard that comes with Ikea brackets. Mark your holes, drill, and install all brackets at once. This way, hanging the curtains becomes a breeze.

The Final Touch: Now, let’s talk about the overall impact. Curtains, combined with affordable accessories, can transform a room. I found a duvet cover on Amazon for $50, and simple white linens brightened up the space. The goal is to create a warm, hotel-like atmosphere.

In larger windows, like these bay windows, curtains soften the room, making it feel finished and inviting. It’s a small investment with a high return on investment (ROI) when it comes to staging your home.

Conclusion: So there you have it – a simple, cost-effective way to enhance your home’s appeal through DIY bay window curtains. Whether you’re considering professional staging or going the DIY route, curtains should be on your checklist. They add value, warmth, and that finishing touch your potential buyers will love.

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